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Table 4. Average annual salary for school principals, by years of experience as a principal, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2011–12


      Average annual salary for principals by years of experience
Selected school characteristic Average annual salary   Less than 3 years   3 to 9 years   10 years or more  
All schools $85,400   $78,300   $87,100   $88,300  
                 
All public schools 90,500 83,500 90,900 96,000
                 
School classification                 
Traditional public  91,100 84,000 91,500 96,300
Charter school  80,100 76,800 79,800 86,200
                 
Community type                 
City  95,900 89,000 97,800 99,200
Suburban  101,600 93,800 101,200 108,900
Town  82,900 78,100 81,500 89,300
Rural  80,200 72,400 80,800 85,800
                 
School level                 
Primary 89,200 82,600 89,100 94,800
Middle 91,900 86,100 93,200 95,800
High 97,000 88,500 97,300 103,100
Combined  80,800 74,100 81,200 86,900
                 
Student enrollment                 
Less than 100  76,200 67,200 77,300 83,900
100-199  77,800 71,800 78,000 83,400
200-499  88,600 83,000 88,500 93,800
500-749  93,000 86,000 92,400 98,800
750-999  96,300 90,200 97,800 100,200
1,000 or more  106,400 97,900 107,000 112,300
                 
Percent of K-12 students who
were approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
               
0-34  98,100 89,800 98,100 103,500
35-49  88,800 83,100 88,000 95,300
50-74  84,800 80,300 85,000 88,600
75 or more  89,400 82,700 91,200 93,700
School did not participate
in free or reduced-price
lunch program
83,400   72,900   84,600   92,200  
                 
All private schools $65,300   $53,100   $64,300   $70,900  
                 
School classification                 
Catholic 63,800 59,300 64,200 65,400
Other religious 52,700 38,800 50,900 60,600
Nonsectarian 88,000 76,800 88,800 90,800
                 
Community type                 
City  72,500 61,100 71,100 78,200
Suburban  68,000 58,300 67,500 71,700
Town  45,100 40,900 49,400 43,900
Rural  58,000 38,000 55,100 67,600
                 
School level                 
Elementary 60,400 52,900 58,300 65,000
Secondary 84,900 70,000 82,100 91,400
Combined  66,900 49,500 68,000 73,700
                 
Student enrollment                 
Less than 100  47,700 39,900 49,200 50,900
100-199  60,800 54,100 62,100 62,600
200-499  85,000 78,400 81,200 88,700
500-749  100,300 82,200 100,200 103,400
750 or more 121,600   124,100   113,400   126,800  
NOTE: Principals who reported an annual salary of zero are excluded from the table.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Library Media Center Data File," 2011–12.


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